"I've been taught to read the landscape that I've inhabited my entire life in a totally new way."
Bridgette Moen takes that new vision with her as she travels to Central America on a Ryerson Traveling Fellowship. This research opportunity, which has been awarded by the Department of Landscape Architecture for more than six decades, will allow the MLA graduate to study and document cemeteries in that region.
It's a long way from the central Illinois town where Bridgette grew up, but the emphasis the college places on discovery has encouraged her to think beyond traditional boundaries. This University Olmsted Scholar and American Society of Landscape Architects Outstanding Student credits FAA for its global perspective and expansive approach to training.
"As an undergraduate, I enrolled in American Vernacular Landscapes as an elective for the landscape studies minor. This course motivated me to apply for the graduate program in landscape architecture," she says. "The college and the department encourage students to perform to their full potential, innovate, and explore new ideas."